My favorite personal projects often involve going to an unfamiliar place shooting portraits and objects of interest as I wander. Wander shooting lets me move and work with three distinctly different intentions.
One is to capture that instantaneous connection that’s made when one person passes and acknowledges the other. It’s so quick and often completely unconscious, which makes it that much more transparent. A nod, a brief smile, or not… I think it speaks volumes on the person. I have to be quick to make the image before there is an awareness of the camera and the shields of self-consciousness rise.
The second is to photograph the often complex relationships between different people. Quick moments that you have to recognize before they occur.
21 Days : NYC focused on that.
Finally, when the time is right and circumstances allow, I will stop moving, meet someone new and spend a couple of minutes really working towards a portrait. I did that most during my recent North by Northeast project.
I lived in NYC during the 90s. Although that decade defined what I am today, after 21 years away, I've evolved along with the City. So on the 21st anniversary of my departure, I went back for 21 days to see what had changed and what remained.
21 Days : NYC was exhibited at a Solo show at the Baltimore Creative Alliance's Amalie Rothschild Gallery.
I took 14 days to explore a part of Eastern Canada that I'd always wanted to visit. This series focuses on the places and people I met in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and along the Cabot Trail.
Before I lived in NYC, I rented a house in Hampden for a couple of years. It's a former mill town of small row homes, built for the workers who created sail cloth centuries ago. There were artists, poverty and violence. But also strange kindnesses, like when someone broke into my car and lived in it for a couple of days, but didn't take anything... So it was a real treat to be asked to shoot a "Day in the Life of Hampden" project to celebrate the Centennial of the town.